Death of A Dreamer

Death of A Dreamer

Book - 2005
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Occasionally, the rugged landscape of Scotland attracts dreamers who move north, wrapped in fantasies of enjoying the simple life. They usually don't last, defeated by the climate or by inhospitable locals. But it looks as if Effie Garrand has come to stay. When local constable Hamish Macbeth calls on her, he is amazed to find the small woman still in residence after a particularly hideous winter. Unfortunately, Effie is also quite delusional, having convinced herself-and everyone else-that local artist Jock Fleming is in love with her, and that they are engaged. After a huge fight with Jock, Effie is found in the mountains, poisoned by hemlock. Now, it's up to Hamish Macbeth to find the dreamer's killer-before any more nightmares unfold.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION BEA
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 17, 2019

After a few shaky books, Beaton, her narrator, and the village of Lochdubh are back on track. Unfortunately, Hamish seems to have turned mean and spiteful. This time, I had no sympathy at all for any of the people who died, and wouldn't have minded if a couple more had gotten knocked off. Blair had to sit out most of the book--yeah!--and Jimmy finally gets a chance to shine. Sadly, no laugh out loud passages as most of the book's tone is gloom and misery.

Dec 15, 2016

(Book 21 in the Hamish Macbeth series)

Feb 25, 2016

Death of a Dreamer --- by --- M.C. Beaton.
For sometime now, I’ve been a fan of M.C. I don’t know how that came to be but I am glad it did. She writes the most delightful murder mysteries: either involving private eye Agatha Raisin and set in the Cotswolds or featuring Hamish Macbeth in Sunderland, northern Scotland. Well, Dreamer features constable MacBeth, a bright copper alright, so bright that he doesn’t want to leave “his” village of Lochdubh for the flesh pots of Glasgow. So while he solves the crime (there isn’t much in his village) he is always careful to throw the credit on someone else.
Beaton’s characters are credible: what they do is real. They have broken hearts and they listen to too much gossip. Open this book in an easy chair by the fire, fetch a draw of whisky (for authenticity) and enjoy an evening or two with Hamish.

Oct 14, 2014

Good book. Too bad about Mr. Daviot .

pharg15716 Apr 11, 2014

i am a new reader of M.C Beaton , i found this novel very well written, i could'nt put it down...every chapter had a new twist..all the way to the last page...

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